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Swakopmund Prison Building


The Prison Building in Swakopmund was built between 1907 and 1909 and is unique in that it still serves its original administrative purpose to this today. Built in typical German colonial style it was designed by the Government main builder of the day Otto Ertl, and it shares many characteristics of the Old Court Building, also designed by Ertl.

It has an unusual style for a prison building and has been described as 'resembling a large country residence or lodge' and perhaps its commanding architectural appearance has become more important than any historical significance. Those wishing to include a visit to the Swakopmund Prison in their Namibian tour are discouraged from committing crimes in an attempt to be incarcerated.

The prison has been well-maintained over the decades and was restored and extended in 1991/2. It was proclaimed a national monument on 26th October 1973

Beach Hotel

Situated close to the beach & the town center. This hotel offers a wide choice of room types making it the perfect choice for every budget

Hansa Hotel

Right in the middle of town, the Hansa is over 100 years old and still offers top quality accommodation

Hotel Eberwein

Hotel situated close to the town center, decorated in a Victorian style

Hotel EuropaHof

Centrally located hotel with old world German style

Rossmund Lodge

Situated out of town on the Rossmund Golf course, one of the world's best desert courses.

Strand Hotel

A brand new hotel, on the site of the old Strand Hotel, is set to open in August 2015

Hotel zum Kaiser

A very centrally located small hotel - within easy walking distance of the town center, Swakopmunds favourite restaurants - the Jetty and the Tug, as well as everything else the town has to offer

Swakopmund Hotel

A large hotel, based around the historic railway station. Complete with casino, bars and restaurants

The Delight Swakopmund

A large modern accommodation establishment that offers a warm welcome and all-round attentive service

Luderitz Hotel